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Players will vote on bowl game

Nov 30, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

Among other things that are happening on campus today, the players will vote on whether or not they want to play in a bowl game.

The South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen has the best breakdown of bowl options for the 6-6 Irish team:

The Irish appear to have just four options. All four are bowls that
won’t be able to completely fill their slots with teams from
conferences they’re aligned with.

The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl,
Dec. 26 in Detroit, against a team from the Mid-American Conference.
(The Irish take the place of a Big Ten team.)

The EagleBank
Bowl, Dec. 29 in Washington, D.C., against Army (5-6) if it can upend
Navy Saturday or a head-coachless Marshall team (6-6). (The Irish take
the place of an ACC team.)

The GMAC Bowl, Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala., against a MAC team. (The Irish take the place of an ACC team.)

The Humanitarian Bowl, Dec. 30 in Boise, Idaho against a Western Athletic Conference team. (The Irish take the place of a Mountain West team.)

Stewart Mandel points out through his Twitter page that the Irish might not even have a bowl spot available if Hawaii upsets Wisconsin this Saturday in Honolulu, but there are plenty of logistical issues that come into play with this Irish squad going to a bowl game, a very large one being “who runs the team?”

If Weis is replaced and the Irish still decide to play in a bowl, it’ll could put the staff in a very bad situation, one where Corwin Brown is most likely named the interim head coach, and Ron Powlus or Rob Ianello could be asked to call plays.

(As Hansen suggests, I’d enjoy the Irish just letting Clausen call the plays. Talk about a spike in ratings for the Armed Forces Bowl…)

  1. Jim - Nov 30, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Maybe they should hold a contest and let a fan call plays for the bowl game.

  2. StephenOfTroy - Nov 30, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    I’m torn.
    On the one hand, I think it would be a sad spectacle to see the once-proud Fighting Irish stoop to playing in a meaningless bowl game against….whoever from the MAC/WAC or coachless Marshall.
    But on the other hand, it would be funny to hear the announcers say “Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl” thirty times. The ND fans in attendance could chant “We…Are…HUN-GRY!” instead of what they usually chant.

  3. Jan - Nov 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    It will be interesting to see if the players and ND Administration opt for a bowl game for the pure enjoyment of playing together for one last time. It might be “fun” for a change.
    In which case, the venue in D.C. could be the most attractive for the fans to use for a mini vacation during a relatively slow time of year in between Christmas and New Years.
    As part of the halftime show, perhaps we can convince Stephen of Troy and robertg to reinact the now famous bar incident with robertg delivering the “sucker punch” that was heard around the world.

  4. StephenOfTroy - Nov 30, 2009 at 6:48 PM

    Oh Jan…. Pobrecita, Team Mom. It must gall you to know that I’m still here. Almost as much as it must gall you that no one seems to appreciate your sense of humor. And you obviously worked so hard on that holy trinity post…
    Robert T. Gilleran isn’t going to sucker punch me or anyone else. You, being the robertg cheerleader that you are, must know that he is now devoting his full efforts to bringing those RICO cases to conclusion. He’s going to have his hands full, since he cannot do the legal work himself and instead must find associates who are simultaneously skilled enough to do the work yet lazy enough not to have read his bar record.
    Come on, show us some more of that “integrity” you claim sets you and other ND people apart. I was going to ignore you until you mentioned my name again. You’re almost as funny as Robert T. Gilleran.

  5. StephenOfTroy - Nov 30, 2009 at 6:50 PM

    By the way, Jan…. Only you, Keith Arnold, and Brent Musburger are still peddling the “sucker punch” story. (hat tip to Kejji for commenting on the BM aspect) Everyone else knows that Clausen got punched in the eye after he shoved a guy in the throat.
    Of course, moms, even Team Moms, always want to see the best in their misbehaving youngsters.
    GO IRISH!

  6. Touchdown Jesus - Nov 30, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    What a FREAKIN JOKE,,,,,, Notre Lame going to a bowl game being
    6-6 ….!!!
    What a bunch of mollycoddled,spoiled,pampered,pathetic,self serving LOSERS..
    p.s. take my picture down
    Touchdown Jesus
    p.s.s.. IRISH SUCK

  7. Tarnished Dome - Nov 30, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    The TOILET BOWL is where they belong…..!!!!!

  8. Jan - Nov 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    Under the current BCS environment, the only bowl that has meaning beyond entertainment and pure $$$ generation value is the Championship Bowl.
    As long as Notre Dame has a base of fans (and detractors) that drive up the TV ratings and financial impact to the bowl organizers, the Irish will be an attractive invitee.
    If you don’t like it, find a way to make your team more financially attractive within the current bowl system and/or don’t watch the games.
    Welcome to the big business side of college football; and stop your whining.
    That being said, I would endorse a playoff system utilizing earlier broadcasted bowls to make them more meaningful, still financially attractive, and more equitable in their team selection criteria. There would still be a surplus of bowls to be used for pure entertainment value.

  9. Wenzel Air Mattress - Jan 7, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    I just got back from the Big Island and can’t wait to go again next year. But this time I think I’ll avoid the poor sections of Hawaii.

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